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Domino's Loss Prevention Team at a Murder Mystery for their Annual Christmas Party

"Protecting the brand, our businesses, and the people who make it happen" 

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Romeo Acevedo named Corporate Loss Prevention Specialist for the Corporate Office "Support Center" at Guitar Centers

Romeo will report to the Director of Loss Prevention in his new role. He was previously the District LP Specialist for Ralphs Grocery Company from 2015-2017, and a Market Investigator for CVS Health in 2014 for a year. Congratulations Romeo!

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'LPNN in Gainesville' at the LPRC's LP IMPACT Conference Oct. 3rd, 2017 Gets 80,000 Social Media Views
The first independent series outside of NRF LP events garners 80,000 social media views.

Showing that the industry is strongly supporting the Loss Prevention Research Council's academic work and research. Watch the entire LPRC series here

Rite Aid Implements Crowdsourced Loss Prevention Capabilities
Rite Aid is partnering with Captis Intelligence, a provider of crime intelligence solutions, to leverage crowdsourced asset protection support across 4,600+ stores.

Captis Intelligence cloud-based I-4 solution is designed to unify asset protection systems within one interface, categorized into four groups: Intelligence, Information, Investigation and Identification.

With the solution in place, Rite Aid has access to:

● Crime information around a store location updated every 24 hours;
● Alerts based on specific local crime activity and frequency;
● Online and on-site facial recognition; and
● Full access to solveacrime.com including viewer analytics, comments, visibility on tips and law enforcement investigation status of tips.  retailtouchpoints.com

Espionage - Hacking - Bribery
Uber CSO Played Key Role in Stealing Rivals' Trade Secrets
Ex-Security Specialist Says in Bombshell Letter

A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals' trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge.

Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers.

Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made the explosive claims in a 37-page letter that sought a big payoff for being forced out of the company. The letter, written by a lawyer on Jacobs' behalf, has already reshaped a high-profile trial pitting Uber against Waymo, a Google spin-off that accuses its rival of stealing its self-driving car technology.

Although most of Jacobs' most damaging allegations were aired in court hearings held two weeks ago, the letter's release sheds more light on the no-holds-barred culture that former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick encouraged.

Uber conducted surveillance of executives from a competing company, recording video and audio at private events in locations like hotels, according to the letter. Jacobs says the human surveillance was directed by former chief security officer Joe Sullivan on behalf of then CEO Travis Kalanick.

The letter alleges that two Uber security executives, Joe Sullivan and Craig Clark, played central roles in putting together the company's clandestine operations. Marketplace Analytics allegedly targeted overseas rivals and Waymo in the U.S. while creating a network of secret communications channels and alternate devices designed to cover their digital tracks and avoid legal trouble. Uber fired both Sullivan and Clark for paying $100,000 to two hackers who stole the personal information of drivers and passengers - and then covering up the theft.

Uber itself tried to hack into its rivals' computer networks in an effort to scoop up valuable information, Jacobs' letter alleges. In some instances, its agents impersonated drivers and riders on its competitors' services to gain insights. usatoday.com cnn.com

One of every 13 arrests in Michigan is for retail theft or fraud
That includes shoplifting, switching a price tag; fraudulent exchange or return and those accused of being part of an organized shoplifting ring or fencing stolen retail goods.

An online database with county-by-county arrest numbers and rates for Michigan in 2016 can be found here. And below are some statewide facts based on arrest data collected by Michigan State Police:

1. Number of arrests for retail theft/fraud have been dropping since 2008
Michigan arrests for retail theft and fraud dropped 12% between 2008 and 2016. However, during that same time frame, the numbers of arrests for all crimes dropped 16%.

2. Vast majority of arrests are for shoplifting
Michigan had 18,836 arrests for retail theft or fraud in 2016, and 93% were for simple theft compared to 4% for fraud or misrepresentation, such as switching price tags; 3% for fraudulent return or exchange, and less than 1% for being part of an organized shoplifting ring or fencing stolen retail goods.

3. Most arrests are made by local police vs. county or state police
Local police agencies made 79% of arrests for retail theft or fraud in 2016, while county sheriff offices accounted for 18% of arrests and state police accounted for 3%.

4. Women are more likely than men to get arrested for retail theft
Retail theft/fraud is the rare category of crime where women are more likely to get arrested than man.

5. Whites comprise about 61% of suspects arrests for retail theft
The chart below, which looks just at retail thefts, indicates about six of 10 suspects arrested are white. mlive.com



'Necessity Theft' by Homeless Population
Burlington, VT: Police say as temperature drops, retail thefts rise

As the temperature drops, Burlington Police said retail thefts go up. Police said a shoplifting trend being called 'necessity theft' is on the minds of Church Street business owners.

"I've heard the term necessity theft," Deputy Chief Shawn Burke said. "They steal a coat or a hat when it gets cold."

Both D.C. Burke and LP Specialist Bryan Willette described violators as a variety of people. They say some do it just because and others are part of the transient population.

"We have a prevalent homeless population and we do see often instances of retail theft not only for warm clothing but other things they desire on a day to day basis," D.C. Burke said. mychamplainvalley.com

Retail Chain Sued For Selling Guns To Texas Shooter
Relatives of three people killed in the November shooting rampage inside a Texas church are suing a sporting goods chain that sold two firearms to the gunman.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks $25 million in damages. It alleges that Texas-based Academy Sports & Outdoors was negligent in selling an AR-556 rifle to Devin Patrick Kelley. The weapon was used in the Nov. 5 attack.

The sporting goods retailer released a statement offering condolences to the victims but said it complied with all laws. The company previously confirmed Kelley purchased two firearms from two of its stores in San Antonio in 2016 and 2017. cbslocal.com

Schumer Wants Bomb-Detection Technology in New York
A device is being tested in the Los Angeles transit system, and the TSA is considering trying it in other cities.

A screening technology that can detect a suicide vest or other explosive devices is being tested in the Los Angeles transit system, and Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called for the Transportation Security Administration to bring that technology to New York City.

The device, generally called a standoff explosive-detection unit, scans a person's body to spot potential threats, such as metal, that block the natural emissions coming from a person's body, the TSA has said. wsj.com

Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo Said Adopting Fur-Free Policy, Following in Footsteps of Gucci
PETA activists had demonstrated at "dozens" of Michael Kors runway shows, store openings and special events over the years.

After years of intermittent protests against Michael Kors, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said the company is going fur-free. After meeting with chairman and chief executive officer John Idol on Friday morning, Dan Mathews, PETA senior vice president, said the agreement will include the recently acquired Jimmy Choo line. wwd.com

Mastercard: Strong holiday so far as e-commerce surges
Retailers are in for one of their best holidays in years

The year 2017 is projected to show the strongest holiday season growth rates since 2010, with the overall potential to surpass 5% year-over-year growth, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse, which reports on national U.S. retail sales across all payments types.

The most recent SpendingPulse holiday shopping update, which looks at retail spending Nov. 1 through Dec. 9, reveals strong growth of 3.6% compared to last year. The report comes on the heels of a revised holiday forecast by Customer Growth Partners, which raised its forecast from its already above-consensus forecast of 4.3% growth to 5.6% growth. chainstoreage.com

Bankruptcies account for many of the 8,000+ store closures of 2017 -
here's the full list

Bankruptcies accounted for a large chunk of the stores that have closed or are closing. But a tough physical retail environment stemming from steeper online competition is also being blamed. Here's list of the 8,053 closures that were announced in 2017. businessinsider.com

NLRB Ruling Provides More Flexibility for Employer Handbook Policies
Board overruled standard that deemed policies unlawful if reasonably interpreted to limit labor rights.

The Republican-led National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a decision that will afford employers more deference for their handbook policies. shrm.org

Department of Justice and Department of State Launch
Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator Network

Five Specialized Prosecutors Deployed to Provide Training and Technical Assistance to Foreign Law Enforcement in Selected Regions.

The IPLEC program was created in 2006, with the first IPLEC stationed in Bangkok, Thailand. The program now has grown to a network of five prosecutors, posted in Abuja, Nigeria; Bucharest, Romania; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bangkok, Thailand and Hong Kong S.A.R.  The network is designed to ensure that experienced U.S. prosecutors are located in high-impact regions to enhance the capacity of individual countries to investigate and prosecute IP crimes, and to develop regional networks to more effectively deter and detect IP crimes.  justice.gov

Christmas and New Year Holiday Awareness
Nov. Cargo Theft Up 37%

Holiday shipping season has historically been one of the most dangerous times for cargo theft.

In addition to the usual Theft of Full Truckload and Pilferage during the holidays, it is not uncommon to see Facility Theft as well. Facilities dense with merchandise waiting for empty shelves that will follow hectic holiday sales provide rich targets for cargo thieves. Moreover, these facilities tend to have fewer personnel over the extended holiday period.

All concerned parties should be aware that November 2017 saw a 37% increase in volume and a 101% increase in average value over November 2016. If this trend continues holiday losses this year will increase sharply.

Notable thefts from previous winter holidays:

● 2016, California, Theft of Full Truckload of Footwear, $4,000,000
● 2016, California, Facility Theft of Laptops
● 2016, Tennessee, Facility Theft of Drones
● 2015, Texas, Facility Theft of Tablets, $300,000
● 2014, New Jersey, Fictitious Pickup of Apparel, $1,000,000
● 2014, New York, Theft of Full Truckload of Laptops, $1,000,000 freightwatchintl.com

Miami-Dade Police Department's Global Cargo Theft Symposium
May 1 - May 4, 2018

This 4-day course has been designed to meet the demands placed on the modern-day cargo theft police investigator and industry security specialist. Experts in each field will discuss the various investigative strategies used by law enforcement and loss prevention professionals to combat cargo theft.

More information, including registration, can be found here

VP of Loss Prevention Pacific Sunwear, Company Location Anaheim, California
The Vice President is responsible for the strategic planning and execution of the company's Loss Prevention program across more than 400 stores nationwide, and ecommerce. This person will work closely with cross functional leadership teams throughout the organization, such as Retail & Store Operations, Finance, Legal, Risk Management, Supply Chain, and Human Resources, to ensure company assets including cash, inventory, and people are safeguarded. Reporting to the CFO. adp.com

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Are You Wasting Your Security and Loss Prevention Budget?

Allocating resources is a challenge for every company dealing with security in multiple brick-and-mortar locations. It's not as simple as dividing the total corporate security budget evenly by the number of locations. Instead, the object is to allocate resources according to the actual level of risk at each of those locations.

The security budget has to cover a variety of resources. The most obvious areas are staffing and technology, and the ongoing training involved with both. The budget should also cover creating or acquiring asset protection materials and disseminating them appropriately.

Many companies start with a baseline level of security that is the same across the board, then add or change elements as things occur at particular sites. This is an acceptable approach, but it may only be effective for a period of time. As companies grow in size, the challenge of appropriate security budget allocation grows in complexity.

How do you go about developing effective asset protection strategies? How do you avoid wasting money by spending it where it isn't needed?

Two Major Mistakes to Avoid When Allocating Loss-Prevention Budgets

Start by recognizing the two biggest mistakes companies make in allocating security resources, so you can avoid them.

The first mistake is making decisions based on subjective emotions instead of objective data. Hunches and gut reactions, even when they're based on years of experience, may not lead to the ideal deployment of resources. It's not enough to think one location is safer than another; you need the data about loss and risk to back up that hunch.

The other mistake is closely related: making security budget allocations reactively, instead of proactively. When an incident occurs, the tendency may be to move resources to that site to prevent a recurrence. But was the incident a one-off or part of a larger pattern? You need detailed data about the area to be sure you're not deploying more resources than necessary.

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Cybersecurity Isn't Just an IT Problem-It's Also a Marketing Problem
Cybersecurity plagues entire companies, but only some departments are pushing it to be top of mind. The data sets and tools that marketers work with, for example, are prime targets for hackers, and marketing teams have to be more cognizant of the threats they face.

Cybersecurity is siloed as an IT problem, but marketers must understand that cyberrisk is an enterprise risk. A change in mentality has to start at the top. CMOs should say, "How do I better understand this to protect my company?" If data is on the cloud, marketers need to ask: "Where is it on the cloud? How is it cut off from other things?" Marketers must understand cyberrisks and how they relate to protecting their own organizations as well as their consumers' data. emarketer.com

Scientists Fight Cybercrime With Photos
Each device, regardless of manufacturer or make, can be identified through a pattern of microscopic imaging flaws present in every picture they take.

The proposed system is quite simple: When registering with a bank or retailer, for instance, the customer provides a smartphone photo for reference. Then, during future purchases or withdrawals, they are asked to photograph two QR codes-presented on an ATM, cash register, or another screen. geek.com

Three New Players in Darknet Markets Taking Bitcoin
Since the fall of the darknet markets Hansa and Alpha Bay, three markets have taken the reigns on the deep web. Now Dream, Point Marketplace, and the Wall Street Market are the top darknet markets, and since they took over, there's a variety of different kind of vices other than drugs.

New Market Leaders Carry All Kinds of Goods and Services

In fact, for a little bitcoin, there's a lot of other types of goods (most of which are still illegal) besides drugs that can be purchased on DNMs. For instance, on the WSM and other markets, users can buy a vast array of digital goods. This includes pirated software, video games, unreleased movies, books, and music. Stolen accounts to streaming video sites like Netflix, as well as Apple ID accounts for iTunes, and lifted Gmail accounts for Google Play. If these free accounts are not enough, DNM visitors can also purchase stolen gift cards, credit card credentials, passports, and social security numbers of the deceased.

Lastly, the mother of all types of fancy products that you can buy on the web is fake merchandise. For a fraction of the cost, you can buy a knock-off Louis Vuitton bag or a pair of faux-Ray Ban sunglasses for your next social gathering. The amount of fake luxury merchandise available is enough to make any shopper giddy as vendors are selling Rolexes, D&G jeans, Armani dresses and so much more. bitcoin.com

Advanced Deception: How It Works & Why Attackers Hate It
While cyberattacks continue to grow, deception-based technology is providing accurate and scalable detection and response to in-network threats.

Given the increasing number and sophistication of today's breaches, it's not surprising that deception is gaining widespread attention. Neil MacDonald from analyst group Gartner recently recommended it as a 2017 top 10 cybersecurity initiative. Research and Markets has noted the global deception market is expected to grow to $2.12 billion by 2021.

There are a variety of deception solutions available that range from very simple traps to fully automated deception platforms. While individual deceptions offer benefits within their approach. darkreading.com

Why Third-Party Security Is your Security
Managing third-party risk isn't just a good idea, in many cases, it's the law. This security framework can help you minimize the threat.

F5 recently partnered with Ponemon Institute to survey CISOs. In the report, The Evolving Role of CISOs and their Importance to the Business, CISOs were asked: Are your organization's business partners, vendors, and other third parties held to high security standards? The responses:

● Always - 22%
● Yes, most of the time - 21%
● Yes, some of the time - 29%
● No - 28%

While 54% percent of the same survey respondents say they monitor third parties to ensure continued compliance with contractually required security requirements, only 21% say they hold third parties to a high security standard. Yet, interestingly, Beazley Insurance, in their breach insights blog from July 2017, reports that third-party suppliers account for 30% of breaches overall. darkreading.com


Asset Protection Solutions - Creating the Future with CONTROLTEK

In this LPNN episode, we sit down with Steve Sell, Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, and Tom Meehan, Chief Strategy Officer & Chief Information Security Officer, for CONTROLTEK.

Learn why one top LP executive moved over to the solution provider community, what drove his decision process, how retail LP prepared him for it, why he chose CONTROLTEK, and why CONTROLTEK chose him.

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Following their recent acquisition of Carttronics, Gatekeeper Systems continues to expand its global footprint as a leader in cart retention, management and push-out prevention. Robert Harling, SVP Business Development, talks about the latest anti-theft solutions Gatekeeper is bringing to the retail market.

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Online Sales Aren't the Only Thing Going Up for the Holidays
Nearly a third of shoppers say they've unwillingly bought a fake product online

Nearly a third (31%) of internet users worldwide say they have unwillingly bought a counterfeit product online, up from 23% a year ago, according to a November survey by Vitreous World for MarkMonitor, a brand protection outfit that counts Valentino among its clients.

Worse yet, among those who've unknowingly bought fake goods, half said they have been tricked more than once-34% were victims two to three times, 11% three to five times and another 5% more than five times.

So why is this a cause for worry? An overwhelming 86% of consumers in the survey said brands should do more to protect people from buying fakes. Shoppers also blamed authentic brands when they realized they bought fakes. In fact, 20% complained to the genuine brand and 16% griped about it on social media. But that's not the end of the damage: more than two-fifths (44%) of consumers warned family and friends about the brand, while a quarter said they stopped shopping the brand altogether, the survey found.

Worldwide, imports of counterfeit and pirated goods total nearly half a trillion dollars in value each year, or around 2.5% of global imports, according to a 2016 report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). That's up from 1.9% in 2008.

By 2022, counterfeiting and piracy together are expected to drain $4.2 trillion from the global economy, according to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). It added that today's counterfeiters are capable of reproducing food, beverages and medicines, along with everyday household products. emarketer.com

Infographic: Q3 financial highlights of public web‑only retailers
Retailers that sell exclusively online grew 30% in Q3, outpacing overall online retail growth of 15.5% in the quarter. Here's an analysis of 10 publicly traded web-only retailers and their Q3 earnings results. View the whole infographic here. digitalcommerce360.com

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Florence, AL: Suspect arrested for theft of $890,000 of merchandise
from Advance Auto

The Florence Police and Lauderdale County Drug Task Force, conducted a search warrant on Thursday, December 14. Investigators say authorities conducted the search warrant at the home and storage unit of 49-year-old Jerry Ford. Investigators said, Ford is a suspect in the theft of parts from Advance Auto Parts valued at $890,000. The parts were taken from the Advance Auto Parts Store on Cloverdale Road during the clean up after a storm destroyed the store on November 18, 2017.

Bradford Building Co., was contacted to conduct the demolition and cleanup of the property. Bradford Building Co. then subcontracted Ford to conduct the clean-up. Several businesses and citizens had reported the theft to Advance Auto Parts Asset Protection Department and stated that Ford was attempting to sell items from the store. wbrc.com

The Woodlands, TX: 15 stolen purses from Macy's found in hit and run suspect's car; valued at $5,000
Maria Rangel was arrested by Deputies. The deputies were alerted when she struck another car in the mall parking lot as she sped away. In the trunk of her SUV, deputies found the 15 Michael Kors handbags with price tags still attached. The women are said to have used wire cutters to remove the handbags from security cables. abc13.com

Rockland, ME: Home Depot employee sentenced to 5 years in jail for $20,000 theft; restitution failed
A man who stole approximately $20,000 from Home Depot during the nine months he was employed at the store, was sentenced Dec. 14 to five years in jail. Kenneth Cox, 45, was convicted of theft by deception and two counts of theft. His full sentence includes five years in jail with all but 60 days suspended and will serve two years of probation after his release.

Cox was also ordered by the court to pay the remaining balance $8249.99 in restitution to Home Depot. He began making monthly restitution payments to the business in May 2016, as part of a deferred disposition agreement between the state and defense. Cox stole nearly $20,000 in store merchandise from Home Depot between April 2014 and January 2015. He used his credit card to buy the merchandise and then submitted returns for the items to obtain store credit, without actually returning the items. He was arrested by Rockland Police in June 2015. penbaypilot.com

Lynnwood, WA: Three arrested for allegedly stealing $7K worth of perfume
A perfume heist at Alderwood mall ended with three women arrested for investigation of a $7,000 theft. All three women are from Portland, Oregon. One of them was caught shoplifting from Sephora in the mall around 8:45 p.m. Dec. 11, according to a probable cause statement filed in court. As security stopped her, two others ran for the mall exit with stuffed handbags. heraldnet.com

Fresno, CA: Distraction Theft Team: Seven wanted for Jewelry heist
The burglary happened during business hours at Sohna Jewelers and Fabric off of Shaw and Marks Avenues. The Fresno Police Department is searching for the people they say distracted a store clerk Saturday afternoon and stole a large amount of jewelry from them. The distraction allowed one woman to get into a back room where the suspected thief ducks down and goes into the back. abc30.com

Columbus, OH: Best Buy manager threatened with gun as couple steals tablets

Dekalb County, GA: 3 Burglars steal over $20,000 of merchandise from a Grocery Store; cut hole in bay door

Yucaipa, CA: TJ Maxx Shoplifter stealing $2,000 of merchandise gets Body Slammed by 15-year-old Boy

Bolingbrook, IL: Judge Bans Man From Visiting Meijer Stores; previously convicted of stealing razors and teeth whitening strips

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Shootings & Deaths

Houston, TX: Dollar General clerk Shot to Death during Armed Robbery
The shooting occurred after 1 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of a Dollar General, on Crosstimbers Street. Investigators said the shooting took place as 21-year-old Dequan Anderson was leaving the store to make a cash deposit at an area bank. The gunman followed Anderson and opened his car door, in an attempt to steal the bag of money. "The employee didn't give up the money bag, and the suspect took out a handgun and shot the employee several times. click2houston.com

Phoenix, AZ: 2 Teenage Boys Are Shot after Shoplifting;
shots fired by a Non-Employee

Police say two teenagers are in critical condition after a man shot them following a reported robbery in north Phoenix. Phoenix police say two 15-year-old boys walked into a business and stole some items Saturday night. As they walked away from the business, police say an unidentified man confronted the teens in the parking lot about the stolen items and the boys began to attack him. The man then shot the two boys. Police haven't released the shooter's name, but say he isn't an employee at the business. They say the unidentified boys suffered injuries that aren't life-threatening. ctpost.com

Denver, CO: Shoplifter fires shot inside Cherry Creek Nordstrom
Police in Denver are looking for a pair of shoplifting suspects, one of whom fired off a gun inside Nordstrom. It happened Sunday evening inside the Nordstrom at Cherry Creek Mall. Police say a male shoplifter was being chased by store security when he shot one round inside the store. No one was hit. thedenverchannel.com

Westminster, CO: Police clear scene after report of a man with gun inside Target
A Westminster Target was evacuated Saturday night after reports surfaced of a man with the gun in the store. The store was evacuated for a brief period but no person with a weapon was located or arrested. Police cleared the area and the store resumed operations as normal. 9news.com

Houston, TX: 1 dead in double parking lot shooting at strip mall

Robberies & Thefts

St Thomas, Virgin Islands: Gunfire but no injuries in Home Depot robbery
No one was injured during a robbery at the Market Square East Home Depot on Saturday, police said. Investigators believe the suspects may have concealed themselves in the store until closing time - 7 p.m. - at which point they emerged wielding weapons and robbed the store's cashiers of an undisclosed amount of cash, authorities said. virginislandsdailynews.com

Dallas, TX: Dallas Police Give Gifts To Children Of Mother Killed At Dollar General During Robbery

Sacramento County, CA: Two suspects down, three to go; Sheriff's department makes arrests in armed robberies

Titusville, PA: C-Store employee busted for $8,000 Lottery ticket theft

Kenosha, WI: Marshall's employee busted for $1,500 theft; discounts to friends and family

Fred Meyer Jewelers in Happy Valley, OR reported a Grab & Run on 12/14, item valued at $7,995

Jared in the Carle Place Commons, Carle Place, NY had a Grab & Run on 12/15, items valued at $43,450

Kay Jewelers in the Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth, IL reported a Grab & Run on 12/17, items valued at $10,898

Kay Outlet in the Houston Premium Outlets, Cyprus, TX reported a Smash & Grab Robbery on 12/16, items valued at $76,400

Piercing Pagoda in the Coventry Mal, Pottstown, PA reported a Burglary on 12/17, items valued at $15,353

Piercing Pagoda in the Sunrise Mall, Brownsville, TX reported a Burglary on 12/17, items valued at $300

Piercing Pagoda in the South Las Vegas Premium Outlets, Las Vegas, NV, reported a Grab & Run on 12/13, items valued at $710

Zales Outlet in the Katy Outlet Center, Katy, TX reported a Grab & Run on 12/15, item valued at $17,860

Asterism Jewelers, Auckland, New Zealand reported a Grab & Run, item valued at $36,000

Sentencings & Arrests

Update: Madera, CA: Two cousins are suspects in the killing of a C-Store clerk
A second man is in jail in connection to the murder of a convenience store clerk in Madera in November. Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney said late Friday that Savirant Singh Athwal, 24, was arrested and booked with no bail. He is being held on charges of murder and robbery. Athwal is a suspect in the death of Dharampreet Singh Jassar, 20, clerk at the Tackle Box store who was gunned down Nov. 13. fresnobee.com

Hamilton County, OH: Update: McDonald's employee pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Murder, shooting ex-girlfriend, manager
Twenty-year-old Zachary Allart is accused of shooting his former partner Jayla Frost, and Denise Higgins about 11pm Wednesday last week at a McDonald's in suburban Cincinnati. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly shooting his two colleagues. Ms Higgins was reportedly shot in the back, and Ms Frost in the head and face. yahoo.com

Wentzville, MO: Man charged with terrorism after making threats to Home Depot workers

Corunna, MI: Man gets life in prison for double murder in Walmart parking lot

San Juan, PR: Man arrested for $405 c-store robbery

Washington: Teen Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison for Armed Robberies of Convenience Stores

Bomb Threats

Arvada, CO: All clear given at King Soopers after bomb threat

Lake Grove, NY: Bomb Threat Reported At Smith Haven Mall

Fire & Arson

Houston, TX: Large fire sweeps through furniture business


Best Buy - Ames, IA - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Chesterfield, VA - Armed Robbery/Shooting
C-Store - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Stockton, CA - Robbery
C-Store - Meridian, MS - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery (Kwik)
C-Store - Omaha, NE - Armed Robbery (Quik Trip)
C-Store - Cumberland, MD - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Hanover, PA - Robbery
C-Store - Tuscaloosa, AL - Robbery
C-Store - Colchester, VT - Armed Robbery
Circle K - Champaign, IL - Armed Robbery
CVS - Norwalk, OH - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Houston, TX - Armed Robbery ( Clerk shot/ killed)
Dollar General - Carbondale, IL - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Springdale, AR - Armed Robbery
Dollar General - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Family Dollar - Macon, GA - Armed Robbery
Grocery Store - Camden County, NJ - Robbery
Gun Store - Frederick, MD - Burglary
Jared - Carle Place, NY - Robbery
Jewelry Vendor - Mesa, AZ - Burglary
Kay Outlet - Cyprus, TX - Robbery
Liquor Store - Victorville, CA - Armed Robbery / clerk assaulted
Piercing Pagoda - Brownsville, TX - Burglary
Piercing Pagoda - Pottstown, PA - Burglary
Restaurant - Indian Orchard, MA - Armed Robbery
Rite Aid - Rochester, NY - Armed Robbery
Subway - Millcreek, UT - Armed Robbery
Tanning Salon - Suffolk County, NY - Armed Robbery
Tattoo Shop - Corpus Christi, TX - Robbery
T-Mobile - Thornbury Township, PA - Armed Robbery
Verizon - Fairfax County, VA - Robbery
Verizon - Decatur, GA - Robbery
Walgreens - Davenport, IA - Robbery
Walgreens - Dayton, OH - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Mount Vernon, IL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Philadelphia, PA - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
34 robberies
4 burglaries
2 shootings
1 killing





None to report.

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